Steam's upgraded chat client is now available to everyone


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Following last month’s news that Valve was finally updating its aging chat system, the client has now moved out of the beta testing phase and is available to everyone.

The overhaul brings an improved, more flexible friends list that lets you keep your favorite friends, groups, and chats right at the top, making them easier to access.

Much like Discord, all users can now create large group chats, separate channels, and persistent text or voice channels within a group. They can also use links to invite friends and share different types of media, including YouTube videos and in-line images. There’s a web-based version that comes with all the same features, if for some reason you can’t or won't use the Steam client.

The chat interface has also been revamped, letting users simply drag and drop friends from the Friends List to send them an invite, and you can even save your group chats with a title and an avatar.

This version of Steam chat that is being released to everyone builds on the beta with several changes and fixes. Valve said it includes “under the hood” architectural improvements that will allow it to make more frequent updates to its web-based Steam components.

Even though it’s PC gaming’s largest digital distribution platform, certain elements of Steam are well overdue an update. Overhauling the chat system is a start, and it will be welcomed by many users, but it remains to be seen how many abandon Discord in favor of Valve’s option.

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New chat is horrible. Steam is so clunky and they just keep making the UI more cumbersome. Searching is a nightmare, still no "refund" button anywhere and the mobile version hasn't been updated in over a year (literally NOTHING works). Valve clearly has the money to make Steam better, they just don't care. Why are they trying to copy Discord when that service already integrates Steam fully??


How can I disable that *****ic chat window that pops up every time I turn on my computer and steam client starts.

Not everyone is an online gamer.

I hate it, its annoying and a pest. Really really hate it.